The offseason is officially here and that means MLB insider Jon Heyman is out with his newest set of free agent predictions.
His article has ramifications for the Colorado Rockies as a handful of the team’s biggest contributors over the last couple seasons will be on the FA market this offseason.
Heyman includes his projections of the contracts the top 131 free agents will receive alongside the predictions of an expert he spoke to.
Out of the Rockies on the list, all-star second baseman DJ LeMahieu was the highest-ranked at number 14. He was projected to get 3-4 years for a total of $39-50 million. DJ’s future in Denver was already uncertain, but if Heyman’s projection is anywhere near accurate, its increasingly doubtful he will return.
The Rockies have a number of highly-touted second base options waiting in wings (Garrett Hampson, Ryan McMahon, and Brendan Rodgers) that they are excited to get a look at. We’ve all seen the hype around Rodgers but all three of these guys are young, full of talent, and much cheaper than $50 million.
In addition, if the Rockies go with one of those three and save that money, it means they could potentially go after other needs such as another impact bat. Heyman’s expert lists potential superstar outfielder AJ Pollack below DJ on the list at 3 years for $42 million. Part of the reason Pollack’s contract is so low is because he’s highly unpredictable.
At times, he’s looked like an MVP candidate. He’s also battled injury tendencies that have affected his performance. He’s only played more than 137 games once in his 7 year career. He’s topped 113 games twice. But if he stays healthy, he could be a bargain.